Tonight: Loli-pop! Friday late

Japanese Lolita – detail of obi

Tonight’s Friday Late at the V&A is dedicated to Harajuku, the unique street style that combines Japan’s obsessions with cuteness, punk and Gothic macabre.  Be styled in pink with frills and wigs, plus doll-like make-up with an edge and make like Gwennie Gwen Gwen.  Then record it all in a photobooth.  Celebrating the related V&A display Kitty and the Bulldog: Lolita Fashion and the Influence of Britain in Japan, Room 45.

Free entry on a first come, first served basis.

Friday Late: Loli-Pop, Friday 31 August, 6.30pm–10.00pm

The Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL.


Move over cupcakes

Light, fluffy, fun and sophisticated.  Gourmet marshmallows are the fashionable sweet treat right now.  Try some of the best in one of 8 tempting flavours from Bailey’s to Strawberry Mango, Cocoa and Passionfruit.  Ok, they’re full of sugar but they are low fat…

Marshmallows, £5 from Bea’s of Bloomsbury.

Artists edition: Picture of Dorian Gray


Oscar Wilde’s tale is uniquely re-imaged seventies-style in this large format edition by artist Gareth Jones.

The Picture of Dorian Gray, £7.95 from Hepworth Wakefield.


London celebrity shoe auction

Sienna Miller’s black bandage slingbacks

Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller and Kate Moss are among the celebrities who have donated signed shoes to be auctioned by the charity Small Steps Project at a special event in London next month.  The shoes will be auctioned off and guests will be treated to a cocktail and champagne reception, the opportunity to buy limited edition prints and a chance to win some of the donated shoes.  Last year’s auction involved more than 88 celebrities and raised over £20,000 for the charity which campaigns to raise money to benefit children who live and work on landfill sites around the world.

The event will be held at exclusive members club Jalouse on Thursday October 11 at 7pm. Limited tickets are on sale now.

The big chair project

To celebrate its 10th anniversary Jamie Oliver’s restaurant Fifteen is getting the fashion treatment with some limited edition, bespoke chairs designed by some of fashion’s biggest names.  The chef set up the restaurant and charity of the same name to help troubled young people gain experience and employment in the food industry.  20 designers including Paul Smith, Matthew Williamson and Julien McDonald have redesigned a Fritz Hansen EGG chair which can be won in a lottery or at auction to help raise money for the scheme.

Enter the £5 raffle to win of the chairs or bid for your favourite in the live auction.

Café Liberty


This second-floor café at Liberty London store is really a tearoom.   If you love tea and cakes go.  The place is lovely and busy and the afternoon tea is the best reviver when you’re tired shopping.  But it warrants a trip to the store in its own right.

A mound of delicious finger sandwiches, scones with homemade strawberry jam, carrot cake, cup cakes and macaroons are brought to you on a huge cake stand served with freshly brewed tea or coffee.  All supposedly for one person.  Cheat’s tip, order one afternoon tea and one extra cup of tea for your friend.  It’s enough.  Perrier Jouët is optional.

Liberty Afternoon tea, 3.00-6.00pm Monday – Sunday, £18.95 (£28.95 with Champagne), Café Liberty, 2nd Floor, Liberty Store, Regent Street, London W1B 5AH.


Rock the disco

New Yorker Dara Ettinger’s latest collection is a cool assortment of beaten up cuffs and rings using semi-precious stones designed to rock any outfit.  This beautiful cocktail ring is perfect for adding interest to your everyday look or creating a talking point on sassy nights out.

Disco Ball Window Agate Geode Ring by Dara Ettinger available exclusively at,£95.00.